Not all roads lead to Rome

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Article Scripture and Theology Vatican
The diverse challenges of a struggling world need local solutions from a flexible church.

Among the theologians of the Second Vatican Council, the name of Dutch Dominican priest Edward Schillebeeckx is surely among the most well-known (and least pronounceable). His works on the church and ministry, such as the pithily titled Ministry and the more evocative The Church with a Human Face (both Crossroad), are marked both by their foresight and their pastoral sensitivity.


His-teria

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Article Women
Despite terror that women are staging a coup de church, the numbers just don't add up.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to church, a new menace has arisen that threatens to radically alter the face of your parish-with lipstick. That's right, women have begun an inexorable takeover of church leadership, and, worse, they are driving men away in droves. To use the phrase coined by those who-hopefully just in time-have recognized this growing trend, the church is rapidly becoming "feminized."


Shelter me, O God

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Article Women
Faith can mean the difference between life and death for victims of domestic violence.

Geri had been married for several years to a solid, hard-working man when things started to get "weird." She discovered hundreds of dollars worth of *69 charges on their phone bill from him checking whom she had been calling. He berated her for spending time with family and friends, went through her mail, and scrutinized her cell phone records. Then one day she found him hiding under their bed, where he had been spying on her for hours.


Separation anxiety

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Article Politics

The day after an evangelical Baptist preacher won the GOP primary, with religion set to again play a major role in the 2008 presidential election, Northwestern University history professor Gary Wills outlined the unsettled relationship between church and state in the United States. To those who say there is no separation in our country's founding document, Wills pointed out: "Separation is the only original part of our Constitution."


A league of their own

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Article Women
Leading off is Mother Teresa, followed by Mom and Catherine of Siena. Batting cleanup is Mary. Readers have chosen an all-star lineup of saints, nuns, family members, and other holy women for the U.S. Catholic Reader Survey on inspirational women.

 


Separation anxiety

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Article Politics
  
The day after an evangelical Baptist preacher won the GOP primary, with religion set to again play a major role in the 2008 presidential election, Northwestern University history professor Gary Wills outlined the unsettled relationship between church and state in the United States. To those who say there is no separation in our country's founding document, Wills pointed out: "Separation is the only original part of our Constitution."

Here comes everybody else

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Article Hispanic Catholics Parish Life
Our color in the Crayola box of "flesh tones" shouldn't determine our place in the church.

Corporate reorganizations have become so common that they hardly merit mention, even when the corporation in question is the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The USCCB has been under steady pressure to reduce costs and has just completed a process of "streamlining." As anyone who's been reorganized or streamlined well knows, that means cutting staff and departments.


Ni aquí nor there

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Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration Parish Life
They're not immigrants, but they don't feel fully "American" either: U.S.-born Latinos are struggling to find their place in the U.S. Catholic Church.

That all may be one

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Article Hispanic Catholics Parish Life Scripture and Theology
As a novice, María Elena González wanted to be a "kitchen sister," just like the sister she admired. That was not, however, what was in store for her. Still, she wanted to be with the people, to work in a parish. She did work in Guatemala for a while. Later, she was happy serving the people of Lubbock, Texas as diocesan chancellor when she was called to have a still larger impact: to become the first woman president of the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio.

Lab partners

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Article Faith and Science
Instead of shooting rhetorical spitballs in the other's general direction, boosters of both science and religion should start sharing a desk.

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